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172 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Pushing Through

               So I was thinking about the triple jump the other morning, awakened extra early by my 21-month-old (again) after a not-very-restful night (again). I realized, with a bit of a shock, that I was feeling pretty blasé about the sleep deprivation, about starting another day of tending to my two boys headache-y tired. I used to get so distraught when the dawn's light began to seep out from behind the blackout curtains in my littlest's bedroom after a long night of interrupted sleep. I'd stumble out to the kitchen and blearily begin the coffee-making process,... read more

One, Two, Three...Sing and Do Yoga With Me!

                   Use classic children's songs to share yoga with your infant, toddler, or preschooler...and get your asana on as well!   As a Postpartum Mommy/Baby and Family Yoga teacher, I have the privilege of witnessing parents restore their energy and calm their nervous system while interacting with their children through yoga. I also witness children's instinctual yogini self as they progress through cobra, cat/cow, and down dog pose naturally while learning to walk. By the time they are two, they are watching and imitating poses that their parents... read more

Core Strength in Pregnancy: It's Deeper Than Your Six-Pack

                                Megan, at about three weeks pregnant, running a 10K with her husband   I've always been active. And I'd say I'm still active, but in a different way, now that I'm a pregnant mom of a preschooler. However, once I realized I'd be spending 9 months with a blessing blossoming in my tummy, I knew I had to be a bit more intentional about my movement. I was diagnosed with a small "split" in my abs postpartum, but the doctor said not to worry about it. And I didn't...until three years later, when I realized it wasn't going to go away with... read more

My Year with Postpartum Depression

                           There are moments that I remember more than anything.  The chronology isn’t clear.  I don’t have a cohesive story to share.  But I do have these moments.   I remember the moment I called my husband at work and asked him if he could come home for lunch.  He had a meeting that day and could not.  And I remember turning my daughter’s bouncy seat so that she could not see me as I cried so hard that I could not breathe solely because I didn’t have someone to meet me for lunch.  And if I didn’t have a lunch date, that meant that the day... read more

Hellos and Goodbyes

           The real work of parenting.   By V.K. Harber   I recently read a post on the Well blog of the New York Times that was published a few months ago, A Firm Grasp  on Comfort, about transitional objects; the blankies, lovies, babies, and bears that our little ones cling to for comfort.   My son, up to this point, has not had an exclusive transitional object, which I’ve always been a bit curious about and is probably why the article caught my attention in the first place. But it was the very last sentence in the post that really resonated with... read more

Parenting Through Our Weaknesses

                I had an epidural with my first birth.  I hadn’t taken any natural birthing classes, and I was simply unprepared for what was about to happen.  In the end, it worked out well for me.  I was induced early in the evening, and later in the evening, they told me I was three centimeters dilated and to take a nap.  An hour later I woke up to chaos and confusion as the nurses checked my progress and noticed that my daughter was about to be born.  Imminently.   My husband went out to tell my mom the good news; the nurses were rushing around preparing... read more

Making Peace With My Body

   by Jill Vettel           My daughter doesn’t love her body.   She doesn’t hate it, either. To her, at five, her body just is. Good for running, for sliding, for jumping on the couch even though she isn’t supposed to, but can’t quite resist.   Her body is for displaying stickers and pretty dresses and sparkling shoes. Her body is just a part of her, but it is not her.   She asks about the shining purpled lines on my skin tracking the curve of my hips, the softness of my belly. That’s where you grew, I say. Those are my stripes. She wonders if... read more

Four Great Homeopathic Remedies for Postpartum Mothers

by Katharina Sandizell   There are several homeopathic remedies that are a great relief for post-partum mothers while hormones are still shifting. They can help with many of the typical complaints that new mothers experience. Below is a list of several remedies that I have found very useful when treating mothers.   During this special time when the body is navigating so many changes, women often experience headaches, exhaustion, problems with nursing, and mood swings. Since many remedies can express similar physical symptoms, I have first and foremost described the... read more

Labor Skills for Life's Tough Moments

By Shannon Valenzuela   Three Simple Skills to Lower Your Stress Now   As a mother of many who homeschools her kids and has decided to birth a career as a write-at-home-mom, I was feeling all the negative effects of my abundantly full life -- high stress, exhaustion, and a roller coaster of energy flares and burn-outs. I decided that I needed to do something about it -- I had too much to love and enjoy to feel so run-down and out of it! I needed to make some changes...fast.   I read Dr. Sara Gottfried's new book, The Hormone Cure, to fill my idea tank. Her... read more

5 Elements for Healthy Living

Most of you know me as someone who writes a lot about the wonders of homeopathy.  But homeopathy isn't just about using remedies to heal -- it's also about staying healthy in the first place. As Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (the developer of homeopathy in the 1800s) said, one must remove "maintaining causes" -- eating and living habits that lead to ill-health. There are also a variety of natural means for restoring health that don't involve the use of remedies. These can be handy if you are on a good constitutional remedy and don't want to interrupt its action with the use of... read more

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